Workers call on Catholic Charities to fix understaffing issues

Catholic Charities has come under fire this week from employees who claim that severe understaffing at the company is affecting patients’ quality of care.

According to a statement out on Tuesday, Catholic Charities experiences a 50 percent turnover rate of its staff.

Workers gathered at the Catholic Charities San Francisco headquarters on Eddy and Gough streets Tuesday afternoon, demanding greater stability for their patients and a greater investment from the organization to meet the needs their clients.

“Our clients are impacted by the understaffing crisis at Peter Claver Community,” said Oleta Lynn Swift, Catholic Charities Certified Nursing Assistant. “Staff are falling short on state and licensing requirements because they constantly have to cover 16-24 hour shifts to make up for the understaffing.”

At the Adult Day Service programs, employees are struggling to provide full rehabilitation care for patients with Alzheimer’s.

Catholic Charities runs a number of programs in the Bay Area, that cater to those experiencing homelessness, the elderly, youth and those with physical and mental health needs.

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